Last of 'Angola 3' inmates waits for decision on release

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Albert Woodfox once told a friend after languishing for decades in isolation that he would not be broken — but friends and supporters worry about the toll it has taken on his mind and body.

  • Written by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press KEVIN MCGILL, Associated Press

Pope creates abuse tribunal for cases of bishop negligence

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has created a new Vatican tribunal section to hear cases of bishops accused of failing to protect children from sexually abusive priests, the biggest step the Holy See has taken yet to hold bishops accountable.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

South African medics make big effort to save Hope the rhino

SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — The horns and a large portion of the rhino's face were severed by poachers, a horrific injury that had some observers wincing at the sight of exposed flesh and bone. One South African veterinarian treating the mutilated survivor was so distressed at the rhino's suffering that he stepped away briefly, his eyes glassy with tears.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

Appeals court tosses suits challenging climate change plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a pair of high-profile lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's sweeping plan to address climate change, saying it's too early to challenge a proposed rule that isn't yet final.

  • Written by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press